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Verses, solo Exhibition of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the winner of the Main Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012
2 November 2013 - 5 January 2014

The PinchukArtCentre presents the first solo exhibition in Eastern Europe by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (UK), the Main Prize Winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012. The show entitled Verses includes eight new paintings specially produced for the PinchukArtCentre.

Yiadom-Boakye bases her painting practice on specific rules of duration and activity. She creates one canvas per day and if not completed by the end of the day, the painting is discarded. Therefore, there is no nocturnal rethinking, no pentimenti possible in her activity. Her works are organized around groups of paintings that generally portray imaginary black characters in abstract landscapes. From the dark atmosphere, striking usages of white paint become present like piercing flashes of light from a striped t-shirt or from the eyes of a character.

Her paintings do not emerge from a photographic imaginary but from the memory of figuration in the history of painting including realism with social consciousness and expressionism. Her works thus do not focus on the unique artwork but provide a viewing experience based on a different temporality, and on the recognition of recurring motifs, figures and moods. Her work thus hovers between a suspended duration, on the one hand, and an acute sense of the painterly act embedded in the present, on the other interpretation.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was awarded the Main Prize of the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012 for her extraordinary paintings and her complex artistic practice, which extends far beyond painting. Her art works were presented as a part of “The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice 2013” exhibition - an official Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia organised by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and the PinchukArtCentre. In summer 2013 she has been nominated for the Turner Prize.

The exhibition is located on the 4nd floor of the PinchukArtCentre centre and will last from November 2, 2013 till January 5, 2014.

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in 1977 in London, UK. She lives and works in London. Yiadom-Boakye attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools. She took part in numerous group exhibitions including the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008), Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, the 11th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art (all 2011), and The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012). In 2012 Lynette also had a solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, London.

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